Sanchez Street

It’s not much of a street per se – just an alley in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Plaza Historic District – but it memorializes Vicente Sánchez (1785-1846), alcalde (mayor) of Los Angeles in 1831-1832. As a former soldier during Alta California’s days as a Mexican territory, Sánchez was deeded the land grant known as Rancho Ciénega o Paso de la Tijera, but he preferred city life over being a ranchero, so he lived in an adobe on this very street, named in his memory by 1864. His home was the first two-story structure in Los Angeles.